Explore family friendly events, theatres, galleries, concerts, nightlife, things to do, and more in the Greenville, SC and Upstate areas.

Monday, December 2, 2019
Bon Secours Festival of Trees
Dec 2 all-day
Downtown Greenville

Each year, the St. Francis Foundation celebrates the holiday season with the Greenville community and area visitors through the St. Francis Festival of trees. This event offers holiday magic and many surprises. Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season by strolling through spectacularly decorated trees lining the interior of four hotels in downtown Greenville. 

Hyatt Regency Greenville, Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville Downtown @ RiverPlace, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace

Skating on the Square Spartanburg
Dec 2 all-day
Morgan Square

Skating on the Square

Regular Hours

Monday – Thursday 3 – 8 pm
Friday 2 – 10
Saturday 11a – 10 pm
Sunday 12-8

Special Holiday Hours

December 20 – January 5th 11am – 10pm (excluding holiday hours listed below)
Thanksgiving Day 4-10 pm
Christmas Eve 12-8pm
Christmas Day 3 – 10 pm
New Years Eve 11am – 10 pm
New Years Day 2pm-10 pm
Martin Luther King Jr Day (Closing Day) 11a – 10p

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Bon Secours Festival of Trees
Dec 3 all-day
Downtown Greenville

Each year, the St. Francis Foundation celebrates the holiday season with the Greenville community and area visitors through the St. Francis Festival of trees. This event offers holiday magic and many surprises. Enjoy the beauty of the holiday season by strolling through spectacularly decorated trees lining the interior of four hotels in downtown Greenville. 

Hyatt Regency Greenville, Courtyard by Marriott Greenville Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville Downtown @ RiverPlace, and Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown RiverPlace

Skating on the Square Spartanburg
Dec 3 all-day
Morgan Square

Skating on the Square

Regular Hours

Monday – Thursday 3 – 8 pm
Friday 2 – 10
Saturday 11a – 10 pm
Sunday 12-8

Special Holiday Hours

December 20 – January 5th 11am – 10pm (excluding holiday hours listed below)
Thanksgiving Day 4-10 pm
Christmas Eve 12-8pm
Christmas Day 3 – 10 pm
New Years Eve 11am – 10 pm
New Years Day 2pm-10 pm
Martin Luther King Jr Day (Closing Day) 11a – 10p

Greenville Breakfast Tour
Dec 3 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am
In front of Joel's Java (at the Westin Poinsett Hotel)

Greenville’s culinary scene has gained national attention and is often cited for its great array of lunch and dinner destinations. In recent years opportunities to find equally unique and quality breakfast cafes has been added to the foundation of destinations that have served up consistent traditional selections for many years. On this tour they want to highlight some of the not-to-miss delicious selections for a truly memorable breakfast tasting experience. This driving tour will begin on Greenville’s Main Street and will tour you through some of our city’s “hot spots” as well as some of the city’s most beautiful neighborhoods on the way to the restaurants.

Restaurants you will visit:

The Spoonbread Restaurant (Westin Poinsett hotel)
Biscuit Head
Le Petit Croissant

The Food & Drink
The first destination, The Spoonbread Restaurant, has been part of the fabric of downtown Greenville since 1925 when the Poinsett Hotel opened as the grandest hotel in town. After a $25 million renovation, the hotel re-opened in 2000 as the Westin and the Spoonbread resumed delighting its guests with the best daily breakfast buffet in downtown as well as a la carte menu items. On this tour you’ll feel charmed and special in this beautiful environment sampling an array of fresh items from its hot and cold breakfast selections. You’ll also get good insights to the history and significance of this special hotel. 
                     
Next you’ll make your way to a trendy spot in the South Ridge complex on one of Greenville’s gateway corridors. Normally you’ll see people lined up outside the doors waiting to get a taste of their breakfast fare at all times of day. You’ll beat the crowds and get a personalized experience from chefs who may serve you one of their “crowd favorites” or may treat you to something off-menu for a special one-of-a-kind indulgence. To take your taste buds further, you’re encouraged to try selections from their home-made jam and flavored-butter bar. 

Rockin’ Winter Photo Contest
Dec 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Winter can be the most beautiful time of the year at Chimney Rock. Leafless trees make for expansive views of Lake Lure and the Hickory Nut Gorge. The sky is clear; you’re likely to find a quiet spot to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. You may even see a critter scamper by you in the forest. Capture that special moment or scene on your camera, enter it in our Winter Wonders Photo Contest and tell us about it. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.
Cost: No additional cost to enter.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1883673098397455/?event_time_id=1883673111730787

“Dressing for the Occasion: Mid-Century Sandburg as Celebrity and Family Man”
Dec 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Carl Sandburg Home

Sandburg Clothing on Exhibit

“Dressing for the Occasion” offers visitors a window into the style, culture, and feel of mid-century America. The family’s clothing and accessories weave together the roles of Carl Sandburg as a prominent writer, celebrity, father, and husband. This temporary exhibit offers an exciting opportunity for the public to view objects that are normally in storage or in the possession of Sandburg family members. Tours of the Sandburg Home are offered daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Tickets are available first come, first served, each day from the visitor information area in the ground level of the Sandburg Home.

Nearly every room in the historically furnished house museum will be included in the exhibit. Visitors will see the characteristic scarves Carl Sandburg wore as he played his guitar and sang folk songs to entertain his family and guests, the dress Lilian Sandburg wore to meet President Lyndon B. Johnson, and many other mid-century pieces worn by the Sandburgs and their daughters. Historic photographs, paired with the clothing, will provide context.

Christmas Lionel Train Scavenger Hunt
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Model Trains Station

Families love Model Trains Station’s Christmas Lionel train display with scavenger hunts set to the theme of “Frozen” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Get into the holiday spirit by visiting the snowy mountains near the North Pole or taking a peak at Charlie Brown’s fictional town of Pinetree Corners. There are seven displays running 21 trains with interactive controls for little engineers. Model Trains Station located in Taylors Mill is a family Christmas adventure worth finding.

Fall Foliage Photography Contest
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

No additional costs to enter.

The first-place winner will receive an overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to the Park, brunch for two at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

The contest’s second-place winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at the Old Rock Cafe and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

Chimney Rock’s Facebook followers will select the People’s Choice Award winner. Followers will have a week to like and share their favorite photo from an album of Winter Photo Contest entries posted on the Park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc. The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at Old Rock Cafe and their photo will be featured on the Park’s Facebook page.

Shutterbugs interested in capturing Mother Nature’s wintry beauty can do so by entering Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Park’s winter hours.

All entries must be submitted to [email protected] or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.

https://www.facebook.com/events/354841472011965/?event_time_id=354841545345291

Open Doors Artists Collective Art Exhibit
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective
The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Dec 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

United Community Bank Ice on Main
Dec 3 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Village Green

United Community Bank Ice on Main, located in the heart of downtown Greenville, is an open-air ice skating rink. Since 2011, more than 86,000 skaters and countless spectators have enjoyed Greenville’s favorite holiday tradition.

 

Come out from November through January every year, to celebrate the holiday season with one of America’s favorite winter traditions – ice skating!

Operating Hours

Monday – Thursday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

School Break Hours

Saturday, December 21 – Sunday, January 5:
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Holiday Hours

Wednesday, Nov. 27: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
New Year’s Day: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 19: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Martin Luther King Day/Closing Day: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Empower Hour
Dec 3 @ 11:30 am
YWCA of Asheville

Join us for Empower Hour, a one-hour program and facility tour where you will experience firsthand the YWCA’s work to bridge gaps in earning power, education, health & wellness and access to childcare.

Empower Hours take place twice a month on the first and third Tuesday at 11:30 am.
Lunch is served as part of our Empower Hour, so reservations are required.

To make a reservation: contact Elizabeth Alvandi, Advancement Assistant, at (828) 254-7206 ext. 103 or [email protected]

Greenville Scavenger Hunt
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
220 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, United States

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Greenville! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout Greenville, racking up points and laughs along the way. Greenville Adventure is the perfect small group activity for anyone looking to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Greenville.

Some of the more memorable landmarks you’ll see are: NOMA Square, Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville Drive Baseball Stadium, Baseball Library..

Let’s Roam scavenger hunts work great for outdoor team building games in Greenville too! Whether you work in Greenville or are just visiting, you are sure to learn some new facts about the city as well as your teammates on this creative corporate event! This is one of the happiest hours your team will spend together!

Fear not, maids of honor, these hunts are sure fire ideas for Greenville bachelorette parties! Bachelors and bachelorettes will both enjoy roaming around on their wedding-themed Greenville scavenger hunts. Why just bar hop when you and your team can jump for joy as you complete hilarious photo challenges and see the best that Greenville has to offer!

Looking to check out a different part of the city? Check out Downtown Asheville Scavenger Hunt, Classic City Culture & History, and Lap Around Charlotte as well!

Here is some more info about this hunt:

Follow the Blue Ridge Mountains and you’ll find one of South Carolina’s most picturesque cities. On this fun-filled Greenville scavenger hunt, explore the storied buildings, great green spaces and cultural institutions.Is there a waterfall in NOMA Square? Who left their sox in the baseball stadium? Find out on this scavenger hunt of Greenville!

A Season for Believing
Dec 3 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Shops at Greenridge

FREE to the public, including photos with Santa who will be arriving at 4:30pm via horse-drawn carriage. Guests will need to bring their own camera/phone for Santa photos. Activities will be centered around a Polar Express theme, so kids are invited to wear their holiday pajamas. Other festive activities will include a hot chocolate bar, crafts, balloon artists, a train ride.

Family Birthing Center Tour
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Spartanburg Medical Center

Bring your support person and meet the staff at the Family Birthing Center! The tour will include: A look at the labor and delivery suite, an opportunity to sign up for childbirth, breastfeeding and infant care classes and more. Registration required: http://bit.ly/2CNsQ1i

https://www.facebook.com/events/1237815883037295/?event_time_id=1259847520834131

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Bryson City Depot

About This Trip

Over 90,000 guests rode THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2018 and we hope to see you in 2019! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ begins November 8, 2019, and operates through December 31, 2019.

unnatural history
Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm

unnatural history

The works in Unnatural History are portals backwards or forwards (or sometimes both at once) in geologic time, offering visions from before, after, and during the tenancy of humankind. Dioramas of cast resin depicting bizarre plants and animate slime suggest a post-human period wherein nature reclaims the planet. Artificial geodes made of oil paint, latex, foam, and soil transport viewers into a distant future where industrial waste has become fossil evidence of human activity. Abstract wall sculptures use motor and crude oil as raw material in the depiction of the vast, intricate industrial landscapes of the near future, while wooden mosaics made of materials salvaged from hurricane-affected cities and reconstructed glass objects found on beaches suggest a possible utopian remedy to decline, decay, and disintegration. Overall, the exhibition underscores and illustrates the many ways in which the technological processes of mass mining, manufacturing, resource extraction, and large-scale industrial agriculture have altered not only the present, but also the future history of our planet.

For more information, contact our Exhibitions Coordinator + Designer, Ashleigh Shuler, at 864.582.7616 x 254 or email [email protected].

​This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bagwell Fence, SantoLubes, Kerin Hannah, Margaret + George Nixon, Sikanas Family Charitable Fund, and Susu + George Dean Johnson, Jr.

Brew Good SC Giving Tuesday
Dec 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
RJ Rockers Brewing Company Taproom and The Silo

Join Neue South, United Way of the Piedmont, and Together SC for the inaugural #BrewGoodSC Giving Tuesday event! This FREE event will take place on Tuesday, December 3rd from 5:30-8:30pm and is open to the public.

Local nonprofits from across Spartanburg County will join together on this global day of giving to celebrate the good work they are doing in our community with opportunities for the participants to activate and BREW GOOD! Activations will include pledging volunteer opportunities, bringing in-kind donations, and donating to help each non profit meet their #GivingTuesday goal…for a free beer!

Dickens of a Christmas
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Main Street in Downtown Spartanburg

With carolers dressed in Victorian garb, live festive Christmas music, living window displays, horse-drawn carriage rides, and of course the lighting of the Christmas tree at Denny’s Plaza, you don’t want to miss Spartanburg’s signature yuletide celebration.